As high as it gets: Crown Sydney tops out

NSW capital's tallest building reaches its vertical limit

Sydney’s new tallest building, Crown Sydney, marked a significant milestone on Friday [22 May 2020] as the development of the 275-metre tall resort and residences completed its vertical ascent.

A ‘topping out’ ceremony including Crown Resorts Chair Helen Coonan, CEO Ken Barton and NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet was held to recognise the occasion.

While traditionally the completion of vertical construction on a major building is celebrated with a large ceremony, Friday was a more subdued affair due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Also attending the low-key ceremony was Crown’s Executive Vice President – Strategy and Development, Todd Nisbet, and Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Lendlease, Steve McCann, which has been responsible for the build.

Almost four million hours of work has taken place during the construction phase of the structure over the past four years.

Almost 8,000 of the 10,000 glass panels have been placed on Crown Sydney's exterior
Steve McCann, Group CEO and Managing Director, Lendlease; Ken Barton CE), Crown; Todd Nisbet, EVP Strategy Development Crown
Steve McCann, Group CEO and Managing Director, Lendlease; Ken Barton CE), Crown; Todd Nisbet, EVP Strategy Development Crown

Ken Barton, Chief Executive Officer of Crown, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented Crown with many challenges and has required us to make some difficult decisions. Today is about celebrating progress towards the start of a new part of Crown’s future. We are grateful for the NSW government’s decision to keep the construction industry open with strict COVID-19 measures in place. Not only has this supported over 1,300 jobs at our site at a time of great economic uncertainty, but it also keeps us on track to provide over 2,000 more jobs when we open.”

Todd Nisbet, EVP Strategy Development, Crown Resorts admires the Harbour views from a residential floor

Crown Sydney will open its 349-room hotel in December 2020, alongside 14 restaurants and bars, and select retailers. The upper levels of the tower are dedicated to Crown Residences at One Barangaroo, which will be move-in ready in late 2021.

Crown Sydney Resort lobby rendering

Find out more about Crown Sydney Resort at view renderings of some of the luxurious rooms and suites here.

Lead image: After four years in construction, Crown Sydney tops out with the placement of an evergreen tree.

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